Darien F.S. McFadden, received his BA in psychology and English Literature from Colgate University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health. Darien initially worked at the Amherst College Counseling Center from 1992 to 1998. Following that, he worked at Behavioral Health Network/Pioneer Valley Mental Health Services in Springfield, MA. and later, at Hampshire College Counseling Services, before returning to Amherst in 2006. Darien's varied clinical interests include college mental health, identity development and awareness, sexual orientation, gender, and coming-out issues, conflicts around race, culture and ethnicity, male body-image, family systems, depression, and self-care.
Sarah J. Erickson (she/her) received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sarah has a broad range of experience having worked in inpatient, community mental health, and college settings. Her theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive behavioral, narrative, multicultural, and systems theories; however, she believes that the relationship is the most important aspect of therapy. Sarah has particular interest in work that encompasses identity development and the intersections of identity, white identity, trauma, adjustment, anxiety, family dysfunction, self-care, depression, and sexual orientation, and assistance with the integration of newly diagnosed mental illness into one's self-concept.
Jordan Barnard completed his Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. He completed his internship and a post-doctoral fellowship (with a concentration in psychological assessment) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jordan spent 4 years at Penn State University prior to coming to Amherst College. In addition to his work in collegiate mental health, Jordan has done rotations within inpatient mental health settings, rehabilitation hospitals, the juvenile court system, and VA healthcare. Jordan's clinical interests include working with student-athletes, men's health, gender identity and intersection of multiple identities, social justice issues, training and supervision of psychology, and the use of psychological assessment during the therapeutic process. His orientation is integrative in nature with themes from time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment, and narrative therapy.
Staff Counselor/Groups Coordinator
Britt Billmeyer-Finn (she/they) received her MSW from Smith School for Social Work and has spent much of their time in the field working with the LGBTQ+ population exploring the expanse of gender and sexuality and offering gender affirming care. Britt is a trauma informed therapist with an integrative therapeutic style that includes but is not limited to psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, relational, acceptance and commitment therapies as well as experiential mindfulness and sensorimotor psychoeducation. Their theoretical lens is also informed by feminist, queer, disability justice and critical race theories.
Annery Lola Brown received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Springfield College. Her broad clinical work encompasses community mental health with a specialty in substance use disorders. She has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor for over eight years in Western Massachusetts and recently returned to her alma mater, Springfield College's graduate program as an Adjunct Professor. Fluent in Spanish and English, she provides clinical services in both languages. Her theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, strength-focused, trauma-informed, and narrative therapy. Lola enjoys working collaboratively with individuals to self-advocate, build resiliency and explore an individual’s infinite potential to author and narrate their own stories.
Caitlin Carmody received her Master of Social Work degree from Smith College School for Social Work. Before joining the team at the Amherst College counseling center, she worked in community mental health, with a focus on providing affirming psychotherapy services to LGBTQIA+ clients. She takes an integrative approach to therapeutic work, incorporating psychodynamic, relational, systems, and DBT theories and tools. Her clinical interests include identity development, trauma, perfectionism, issues related to family of origin, and the ways that privilege, oppression and marginalization shape our internal and external experiences.
Program Director for Mental Health Promotion
Garrett Fitzgerald received his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University and has since worked in a variety of higher-ed settings across the Northeast. Garrett has over ten years of experience working in college mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the role of drugs and alcohol on the college campus. He works within a holistic health framework and leverages public health models to advance to work of mental health promotion and support on campus. He believes in the role of the community in creating a supportive environment for growth and success, and is committed to personal and professional growth around issues of inequality, oppression, and marginalization. Garrett supports the work of the Student Wellness Team and offers a variety of trainings, workshops and programs on behalf of the Counseling Center.
Laura Fusari received her B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. She has experience in hospital, community, residential, and outpatient settings, doing assessments as well as individual, couples, group, and family work. She is particularly interested in issues related to sexual respect and has experience working with trauma, sexual assault, and domestic violence issues. She also enjoys working within a holistic approach to manage issues related to anxiety, depression, self-harm, and chronic mental illness. Her clinical orientation is psychodynamic, holistic, and strengths focused. She also integrates extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into her work. She enjoys working collaboratively with the individual to self-advocate effectively within larger systems.
Cailin Qualliotine is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and is nationally credentialed as a registered art therapist. She earned a PsyD in clinical psychology at Antioch University Seattle. Cailin approaches counseling from a strengths-based perspective that emphasizes an understanding of the whole person within their cultural and experiential contexts. Central to her practice is the development of a supportive, trusting relationship where students feel valued, and respected. Cailin is informed by contemporary relational psychodynamic theory, and systems theories which emphasize interdisciplinary understandings of intersectional identities and social justice. Cailin is skilled in collaborative therapeutic engagement with students as they deepen their sense of personal meaning, purpose and insight. She invites curiosity, humor and self-compassion through her work with others. Over the course of her clinical career, Cailin has provided counseling and assessment services primarily in college counseling and community mental health settings. Prior to taking the staff counselor position at Amherst College, Cailin was the director of the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis Program (PREP) in Holyoke, MA.
Zamir Nestelbaum is a licensed psychiatrist. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Nestelbaum has his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MPH from the University of Michigan. He has held a variety of leadership positions, including chief of Psychiatry at community hospitals. He has spent many years teaching psychiatric residents and medical students. In addition, he has spent his entire career seeing outpatients in various settings, which has included work with college students. Dr. Nestelbaum believes strongly in a biopsychosocial model of treatment that emphasizes that every person is a unique individual. He believes strongly in a collaborative model of treatment with other therapists and specialists.